Get ready to kick off the holidays Quincy style with Santa and the elves, sing alongs, and two tree lightings. Here’s a roundup of Quincy and Squantum holiday festivities over Thanksgiving weekend. Head out with your friends and family to celebrate the warmth of the season.
Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 4:30 pm (after the Quincy Parade)
Gilbert Memorial Park, at the intersection of Huckins Avenue and East Squantum Street [map]
Join the festivities as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting following the Quincy Christmas Parade. Head over to the triangle at Gilbert Memorial Park and join your neighbors for hot cocoa and delicious cookies provided by the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Join in on the carol singing as we welcome Santa Claus who will do the honors of lighting up the tree! Hope to see you and the whole family there!
Note: if the Quincy Parade is postponed due to weather, the tree lighting will also be postponed.
Quincy tree lighting celebration
Friday, November 26, 5–7 pm
Hancock Adams Common , 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA [map]
Enjoy the Hancock-Adams Common, decked with twinkling lights and holiday displays. Mayor Koch and special guests – maybe one from the North Pole – will flip the switch to bring the holiday spirit to the Common. Heated tents will be set up for this event. Enjoy strolling Victorian carolers, ice sculptures, street performers, and costumed characters, as well as activities including letter writing to Santa. Enjoy free popcorn and hot chocolate, and check out holiday treats from local vendors
Santa and Elves arrival by helicopter
Saturday, November 27, Noon
Pageant Field, One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA [map]
Santa and his elves arrive in Quincy by helicopter, landing at Pageant Field, at this fun family event. While waiting for the touchdown of the Jolly Old Elf and friends, take a hayride around the field or “high-five” one of the visiting costumed characters
City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 28, 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, Christmas themed floats, costumed characters, antique vehicles, and Santa in his traditional fire truck ride. The parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and the Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School. This is one of the largest parades in the Commonwealth.
Sunday, November 28, 4:00 pm
Hancock-Adams Common , 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA [map]
Join a ceremony to light the first candle on the menorah outside City Hall as we observe the beginning of Chanukah.